***UPDATE AT END OF THE PIECE***
In what can only be called an absolute nightmare, the Champlain Towers South condominium complex near Miami literally crumbled.
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Many people are questioning what happened…was it a sinkhole, a bomb, or something else?
Well, new disturbing details have come to light that may explain what happened…
It turns out that just three years ago, engineers warned of “major structural damage” to the building.
Here’s a photo of just some of the structural damage from the report:
DNYUZ.com reported that three years before the deadly collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium complex near Miami, a consultant found alarming evidence of “major structural damage” to the concrete slab below the pool deck and “abundant” cracking and crumbling of the columns, beams and walls of the parking garage under the 13-story building.
The engineer’s report helped shape plans for a multimillion-dollar repair project that was set to get underway soon — more than two and a half years after the building managers were warned — but the building suffered a catastrophic collapse in the middle of the night on Thursday, trapping sleeping residents in a massive heap of debris.
The complex’s management association had disclosed some of the problems in the wake of the collapse, but it was not until city officials released the 2018 report late Friday that the full nature of the concrete and rebar damage — most of it probably caused by years of exposure to the corrosive salt air along the South Florida coast — became chillingly apparent.
“Though some of this damage is minor, most of the concrete deterioration needs to be repaired in a timely fashion,” the consultant, Frank Morabito, wrote about damage near the base of the structure as part of his October 2018 report on the 40-year-old building in Surfside, Fla. He gave no indication that the structure was at risk of collapse, though he noted that the needed repairs would be aimed at “maintaining the structural integrity” of the building and its 136 units.
Lawyers for the home association say that work was set to commence to fix the issues. They say work was just about to get started before a massive chunk of the building literally crumbled.
But critics point out that the condo board had known about these serious issues for THREE years and did nothing.
Clearly, this could have been prevented.
There are going to be a lot of lawsuits stemming from this disaster.
Experts believe they may have isolated the reason for the condo collapse.
The pool…a leaky pool.
According to a report, that pool was the first thing to “sink.”
PoolMagazine.com reported on a situation with a tenant speaking to her husband as she looked out the window at the sinking pool. It’s very hard to read this, it’s an absolute tragedy.
Dean says at precisely 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning, her sister Cassie was speaking with her husband Michael Stratton on her balcony. Dean said, “She was on the phone with her husband and it was a little after 1 in the morning and she says ‘Honey, the pool (deck) is caving in. The pool (decks) sinking in.’ and he said ‘What are you talking about?’; ‘The pool (deck)… it’s sinking in the ground. The ground is shaking, everything is shaking. Then she screamed a death curdling scream and the phone hung up and we’ve never been able to find her ever again.”
Here’s what Newsweek is reporting on the pool deck.
As rescuers continued digging in an attempt to find the 156 people who have remained missing after a residential building partially collapsed in Florida on Thursday, the city of Surfside on Saturday released a 2018 engineering report that found “major structural damage” prior to the tragic incident.
The October 2018 report, conducted by Morabito Consultants, a structural engineering firm, uncovered “abundant cracking and spalling of varying degrees” in the “concrete columns, beams and walls” of the building’s parking garage, as well as “major structural damage to the concrete structural slab” that held up the ground-floor pool deck.
This is just such a horror show, and a very difficult story to report on. Let’s hope they get to the bottom of this, so victims can begin the next process and hopefully other buildings will get up to snuff, so something like this never happens again.
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